24 hours in the life of Sheffield Roads Policing Team

As we get closer to Santa Claus visiting our homes, the demand on our services increases.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 2:01 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 4:37 pm
Road traffic police
Road traffic police

The past 24 hours have left no time for mince pie eating for our traffic cops as they’ve set out to keep your community safe.

Officers started their day by conducting a drink drive checkpoint on Penistone Road in Sheffield.

Drivers were stopped and asked to complete a breath test or drug wipe to ensure they were not over the legal limit.

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Drug testing

Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving while over the prescribed limit and one driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs.

Leaving Penistone Road, officer’s attention was drawn to a vehicle that flagged on our system as having no insurance.

The driver failed to stop for officers and a pursuit into Doncaster commenced.

Marcus Smith, a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of numerous driving offences after officers located him on the roof of a house. He has since been charged and remanded in custody.

Police dog

Later in the day, a believed to be stolen van was located in a car park in a Sheffield pub.

Officers attended and two men fled the scene, a 27-year-old man was detained at the scene, alongside two believed to be stolen vehicles and loft insulation.

After an already busy day, before heading back to finish their paperwork, officers were called to a single car road traffic collision on the A1 Northbound that required extensive work from emergency service colleagues at Yorkshire Ambulance Service and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Throw a quick detaining of a wanted male by our dog handler in, and you’ve got a full 12 hour shift completed!


Now onto the nights team…

Starting the night in Rotherham, officers received reports of two men in a dark coloured Ford attempting to gain access to garages and properties in Upper Haugh, Rotherham. Sighting the suspected vehicle, officers asked it to stop. After failing to stop and damaging a police vehicle, the driver fled the scene.

A quick foot chase later and a 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply after being found with crack cocaine and steroids in his possession.

Still dreaming about mince pies left over from the day team, officers head over to Edlington, Doncaster following reports of a ram raid at an electrical store.

Another vehicle failing to stop for officers led to support from the National Police Air Service helicopter to locate the suspects. Two men, a 26 and 20 year-old man were both arrested on suspicion of burglary and dangerous driving.

And finally, what’s one more fail to stop? A believed to be stolen transit van was located, and with the driver failing to stop and speak to officers, a pursuit commenced into Brinsworth. The driver fled the scene, but the incredible nose of our PD Bear sniffed him out in a nearby garden.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and dangerous driving.

Our officers work incredibly hard every day to serve their communities, this dedication and passion does not finish at 5 o’clock or has you head to bed- we thank them for their service.